Herald: Bicholim ex-MLA Rajesh Patnekar rejoins BJP
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Bicholim ex-MLA Rajesh Patnekar rejoins BJP

08 Oct 2015 05:58am IST

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08 Oct 2015 05:58am IST

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PANJIM: Former Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar who had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2012 Assembly polls to contest on a Congress ticket has rejoined his former party.

PANJIM: Former Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar who had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2012 Assembly polls to contest on a Congress ticket has rejoined his former party. Speaking to the media after rejoining the party on Wednesday in Panjim, Patnekar said joining the Congress was a mistake. 

The two-term MLA said he was confused on whether BJP would come to power in 2012 as he had served both tenures in the opposition which had obstructed development works for a decade in Bicholim.

“It was my mistake to join Congress which I realized later. Now with the consent of my supporters in the constituency and the warm welcome by my leaders I have decided to join back and work for the party in the coming civic polls,” Patnekar said.

Patnekar was facing hurdles in joining BJP as Shilpa Naik, who had lost the last Zilla Panchayat election, was lobbying for the party’s Bicholim ticket.

Patnekar said he joined the party without any condition and ruled out any understanding on an assembly ticket for him. “About the assembly ticket, the party’s core committee and central leadership will decide. I have unconditionally joined the party,” he said. 

Patnekar was one of the nine candidates propped up by Congress’ Vishwajit Rane in the 2012 polls. Almost all, other than him and his father Pratapsingh, lost. 

Patnekar had resigned from the Congress 15 days ago. He has contested from Bicholim constituency thrice and won twice.

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